Who is responsible for safety at George Mason University?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 3:04 pm

Safety is a shared responsibility among students, employees and supervisors, faculty, and the Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS). Each party must endeavor to identify hazards and work collaboratively to mitigate hazards through engineering controls, administrative controls, and physical controls. EHS provides support to all persons engaged in activities that pose a risk, however minimal, […]

What do I do if I am involved in an accident or suffer an injury?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 3:03 pm, Last Updated: May 29, 2020 at 11:03 am

All accidents, injuries, or conditions that may cause harm should be reported to the university so that appropriate remediation or corrective measures can be taken to protect the university community from similar or future incidents. The following situations should be reported to the university: Employee Accident: An Incident Report Form should be completed whenever an […]

Does EHS conduct work area inspections?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 3:03 pm

EHS does conduct inspections of work spaces and provides a written report of safety and fire safety issues. EHS inspects areas with hazards and public spaces on a routine basis. To request an inspection of your work area contact EHS.

What is a Job Safety Analysis (JSA) and how is it used?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 3:02 pm, Last Updated: November 30, 2020 at 4:40 pm

JSA are documents that outline the steps necessary to complete a task, associated hazards, required training, relevant safety plans or references, precautions that must be taken while performing work, and personal protective equipment that must be worn. JSA are completed by employees and/or supervisors and must be reviewed by supervisors. JSA should be referenced before […]

Is training assigned based on position or work tasks?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 3:01 pm

EHS works with supervisors to determine which training programs are required for employees based on their job description and/or work duties. If you have questions about which training applies to your work or academic activities, contact EHS to determine which training is appropriate.

What is a confined space?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 2:46 pm

A confined space is any space that can be occupied on a temporary basis to perform maintenance or repairs on equipment. Confined spaces typically have only one way in or out. Employees must work in teams of two when working in a confined space; one person must be available to summon help if the other […]

What types of equipment must have training before I can operate equipment?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 2:45 pm

Many types of machinery require training before it may be operated by an employee. The following is a list of some equipment that requires training before operation: Forklifts Aerial lifts (e.g., scissor lifts, man lifts, vertical mast, etc.) Bucket Trucks Backhoes Skid Steer Loaders Chainsaws High Voltage Equipment

What tasks require training before I can perform them?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 2:43 pm

There are some tasks that require you to work with equipment or chemicals that can cause injury if not used properly. Below are some tasks that require formal training: Working with hazardous materials, chemicals, or substances Operating machinery such as a forklift, aerial lift, or skid steer loader Working in confined spaces Working on energized […]

What if I received safety training from a previous employer?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 2:43 pm

Because programs can change slightly from organization to organization based on the way that each organization goes about satisfying a state or federal regulation, all employees and students that conduct activities that require training must attend the relevant George Mason University training program even if training was acquired from a previous employer or organization.

How frequently is training required?

Posted: April 2, 2020 at 2:42 pm

The frequency of training depends on the training program. Most training programs require an initial training and retraining thereafter is required every one to three years. Contact EHS for additional information on training and retraining requirements or visit the EHS training page.